Kurt has been interested in nature and birding most of his life. He grew up in Southern California where he started birding at the age of 8 and by 15 he had completed Cornell Laboratory's Seminars in Ornithology. He met his wife Cindy in 1992 when he was teaching Ornithology at the University of La Verne in California and they have shared a lasting passion for each other and birding. They have traveled extensively and have led bird tours to several areas in the U.S., Mexico and Central America. They enjoy writing and hiking with their three Kerry Blue Terriers. Learn more about Kurt at his other website Mexico Birding.
As the Conservation Biologist for the Tucson Audubon Society Jennie MacFarland coordinates the Arizona Important Bird Areas Program and the Tucson Bird Count, an urban bird count with a Reconciliation Ecology purpose. Having adopted Tucson as her home town, Jennie has lived in southern Arizona for nearly 20 years and loves the varied habitats and birds of the region.
Carol Beardmore has worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service since 1990 first in Corpus Christi and later at the Austin office, where she worked as listing and recovery biologist on her Master's research animal, the Golden-cheeked Warbler, among other species, such as the Black-capped Vireo and a couple of mammals. In 1996 she left Austin for Phoenix to become the Western Coordinator of Partners in Flight. Her work with the PIF Science Committee continues and includes co-authoring the three main PIF publications. In 2003 she became the Science Coordinator of the Sonoran Joint Venture, where she works on binational bird conservation and monitoring. She is particularly passionate about international birding and bird conservation.
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Kurt grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where he developed a love for nature and the outdoors. In 2010, he graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree studying animal physiology and behavior. Since graduation, Kurt has been employed across the western U.S. as a field biologist working with marine life, small mammals, and primarily birds. Currently, he works for Arizona Game and Fish Department studying birds and mammals including bald eagles, golden eagles, and black-tailed prairie dogs. In his work, Kurt has helped with the designation of the Aubrey Important Bird Area, treated critically injured California Condors, and has published in the Journal of Raptor Research. He enjoys spending his free time backpacking, volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center, and contributing to local bird surveys.
Andy Bridges received his MS in Applied Biology from Arizona State University studying microhabitat selection of juvenile Sonoran Desert Tortoises. In addition to a successful military career, he has worked with Arizona Game and Fish Department as a Tortoise Project Intern and one season on the Sonoran Desert Breeding Bird crew. In 2011 he began working for the National Park service where he is currently the Park Biologist for the Petrified Forest National Park. His work in the park includes creating a baseline wildlife inventory and studying bird, small mammal, and reptile and amphibian distribution and phenology. He has volunteered with many wildlife-related agencies including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, spending a summer on Laysan and Lisianski Islands where he was able to live with and interact with Albatross and other nesting pelagic birds.
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Walter grew up in Bethlehem, PA, where local school teacher Catherine Barlieb introduced him to birding at age 13. Maurice Broun, the curator at nearby Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, gave him further encouragement.
Walter and Fran moved to Scottsdale in 1991. Walter took a job with the AZ Department of Water Resources, retiring in 2009. He has been the Carefree CBC compiler for 20 years. Walter completed over 20 blocks for the AZ Breeding Bird Atlas, headed the effort to establish the Cave Creek Ecosystem Important Bird Area, and served on the Maricopa Audubon Society board as field trip chairperson. He was the principal investigator for a two-year bird study on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and he remains active there as a member of the Science Advisory Committee. Walter is currently serving AZFO as the south-central region coordinator, covering Maricopa and northwest Pinal counties.
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